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It’s Been Called ‘The Most Famous Science Fiction Novel Ever Written,’ and Now It Will Become a TV Series

Nov 15, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A controversial science-fiction novel published in 1961 is in the works from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions as a television series. Deadline.com reports that the adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” is headed to Syfy.

The intentionally provocative novel won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1962 and became the first science fiction novel to make The New York Times Book Review’s Best-Seller List.

“‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars and raised by Martians,” Deadline reports. “The novel explores his interaction with — and eventual transformation of — terrestrial culture. It predicted many of the movements and messages of the 1960s — from free love and hippie communes, to organized attempts at world peace.”

Executive producers on the project are Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment, with Mythology’s Julia Gunn to co-executive produce.


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  1. According to literary urban legend the Catholic Church prevented this from being made into a movie, but that’s not why I’ll be greatly surprised if this actually makes it to television in a form remotely resembling the source material. It really isn’t TV series material… mini-series, maybe. The real reason I’m suspect is that it’s SyFy.

    Now, if it were HBO…

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